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Cliff House, Lands End & the Sutro Baths

June 3, 2016

After celebrating with my family in Lake Tahoe, on my actual birthday (April 27th), my husband took me to the City. I’d never been to Lands End and the Sutro Baths so I decided to have dinner at the Cliff House – the restaurant near the Sutro Baths overlooking the ocean. We both worked most of the day so we headed into the City by late afternoon. We had some time before our reservation so we made our way to the area so I could see Lands End and the Sutro Baths. I’d been to Ocean Beach before, I’ve just never explored Lands End or seen the Sutro Baths so we made sure to explore some when we first arrived. We parked near Ocean Beach, I love everything about the ocean so I had to get a picture in front of the water even though it was mad windy. Then we started to be tourists and site see.

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After being in awe of the beauty and being wind swept by the major wind we headed into the Cliff House for a drink before dinner. Had to get an obligatory restaurant photo.

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I’m one of those people who takes pictures of the food so here are my must have pics of my drink and meal. It was tasty. I would say you mostly come for the view but the food was good so bonus for us. It’s on the pricey side so unless you are a baller, I would say come here for a special occasion.

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and the sunset…so beautiful

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Following dinner I didn’t want to just go home so we stopped for dessert at Sixth Course in the Mission. I have a huge sweet tooth so I was super stoked by the cool offerings they had. The portions are small but it was a good experience and the treats were yummy. I wouldn’t recommend this place all the time but I would say try it once. They change their items all the time but I tried a mini ice cream with Cap n Crunch (I love cereal on desserts haha) and an alcohol infused dessert. I enjoyed both.

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I had an excellent time spending my birthday with my husband. I can always count on him to help me experience new things. There is still so much of the Bay Area, California and the World left for us to explore and I’m so happy I get to do it with him. I’m excited for what 33 will bring.

 

 

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Keep Tahoe Blue

June 2, 2016

This post is way past due but I didn’t want to miss sharing the beauty that is Lake Tahoe. We’ve been in a drought for far too long and I lived in SoCal for 10+ years so I hardly ever visited the snow. Since this year there was much more rain and snow I planned a trip to the snow for my birthday before it went away. I hate to make things super complicated so we booked our timeshare and it was just my mom, sister, nephew and husband. We didn’t have anything planned. I wanted to ride the Gondola up to Heavenly and ride a sled but those were a bust – both were closed BUT I enjoyed spending quality time with my loved ones and that is what counts.

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Our timeshare was on the Nevada side up on the hill so we got lucky with a great view of the lake. It really made up for the fact that the Gondola was closed.

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…and I got to see Matix experience snow for the first time. He didn’t love it but it was super cute.

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We had fun conversations over drinks and I got to see the lake up close. Overall as low key as it was, we had a great time just being in Tahoe together.

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It was a success. Tahoe is such a beautiful place. I’m glad we were able to make this trip happen. I’m with everyone else we need to Keep Tahoe Blue. It’s too pretty to mess that up…

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Big Things

April 4, 2016

Over the past few months or so, my sister and her husband were in the thick of buying and selling homes and this weekend they moved into their new home. I couldn’t be more happy or proud of them for such a HUGE accomplishment. 2016-04-03 21.21.24

A big part of the reason we moved home last year was to be closer to family. My sister living in Livermore and her pregnancy were my personal reasons for wanting to move home when I did. Looking back I’m so glad I did because I got to spend a lot of quality time with my sister (also my best friend) and see the first year of my nephews life. Family is so important to me. We spent 11 years in SoCal (2004 – 2015) so to get that year was great. At one point I lived with them while Peter was looking for a job up here.

SIDE NOTE: My nephews first birthday just passed and our DIY efforts made it to Catch My Party: Matix’s Wild One.

When we finally settled in the Bay Area, we moved to Dublin, which is about 10-15 minutes from them. We were able to hang out often and babysit my nephew, things we always talked about all those years ago when me moving back to NorCal was just an idea. While we are still living in Dublin, they purchased their home in Mountain House a suburb just outside of Tracy before the Altamont Pass. They discovered they can get a lot more home for less than anything they could find in the the East Bay. Now that we live up here we can understand why. It almost feels like home ownership is out the of the question for us since we’re particular in our location. At this point we aren’t looking to relocate outside of the Bay Area, which we know are choices we’ve accepted.

All that to say, I wrote this because I’m so proud of them for being great with their money and being able to buy such a beautiful dream home for their family. Crazy to think my baby sister is not only a mommy but a home owner. I need to step it up! I’m not competitive at all with my sister so I say it all in love and respect but I’m definitely slacking in both of those areas.

While I’m sad I won’t be seeing them as often. I see them a couple times a week now (and I literally miss my nephew after a day haha), I’m excited to see how she builds her home for her family. If you know her, she has impeccable (and expensive haha joking but not Ash) taste.

I can’t wait for the house warming and the new memories our family will make in their home.

 

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TBT

March 24, 2016

Happy Thursday! It’s Easter/Holy Week and today I’m sharing some photos of my nephew because he’s just too adorable. This time last year he was a tiny little preemie.

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and more recently

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Love this little one so much. He brings a smile to my face especially on this #TBT.